A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland by Troy Senik is a biography of the 22nd, and 24th President. To this day the only person to serve as President in two, non-consecutive terms.
- 384 pages
- Publisher : Threshold Editions
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1982140747
I didn’t know much about Grover Cleveland before reading the book, there are no statues of him in the capital, and only one in Buffalo, NY. He is mentioned as an honest steward of taxpayer’s money in Edmund Morris’ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, but that’s about it.
I thought that A Man of Iron by Troy Senik was and interesting read and easy to digest. I enjoyed the small anecdotes sprinkled in the narrative, as well as its observations and wit.
The author clearly admires Cleveland’s character and moral standings. He often decided to err on the side of public good, instead of his own best-interests. He doesn’t shy away from Cleveland’s supposed tales of infidelity, his marriage to a much younger woman, and more.
One of the fascinating stories in the book takes place at sea, where President Cleveland had a complicated surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his mouth away from prying public eyes. The surgery was a success, which was thanks to the skill of the surgeon, but mostly due to great luck.
In today’s world of political cynics, it was refreshing to read about a politician who took his position in the utmost seriousness. A man of integrity who cared about public treasure and took on corruption even if it was in his own party.
After reading this book, I agree with the author that Grover Cleveland deserves to be better remembers than just a trivia answer. He had political courage, acted on his convictions, and was not afraid of political harm – things which are sorely lacking, or worst – have no place, in today’s political climate.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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